Fonds F0005 - Robert Kroetsch fonds.

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Robert Kroetsch fonds.


  • 1945- (Creation)

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20.03 m of textual records and other material including:
3,146 photographs
113 slides
5 audio cassettes
2 1/4 inch open reels
1 16mm films
11 VHS
56 3.5-inch diskettes
1 5.25-inch diskette

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(June 26, 1927 – June 21, 2011)

Biographical history

Canadian author and poet Robert Kroetsch was born in Heisler, Alberta, on June 26, 1927. The author of nine novels, thirteen books of poetry, and seven non-fiction volumes, he was a major figure in the development and history of literature in Canada.

Kroetsch began his academic career at Binghamton University (State University of New York), winning the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for The Studhorse Man in 1969.

After returning to Canada in the mid-1970s he taught at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He subsequently received honorary degrees from both the University of Winnipeg (1983) and the University of Alberta (1997). In 2001 Kroetsch was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for The Hornbooks of Rita K.

Kroetsch spent several years in Victoria, British Columbia, before returning to Winnipeg, then to retirement in Alberta, where he continued to write. In 2004, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Robert Kroetsch stands as a seminal figure in the Canadian literary landscape. In his early fiction, he introduced postmodern techniques into the mainstream of Canadian fiction. He then moved on to writing poetry while still writing fiction, and created a new vision for poets across the country, defining the nature of the poetic experience by searching out the roots of his place in the Canadian landscape.

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Acquired between 1975 and 2006.

  • Accession 527/93.2 donated by the National Library of Canada.
  • Accession 591/96.6 donated by R. Kroetsch through the University of Calgary Foundation.
  • MsC 264, consists of 67 b&w photographs taken at the Celebration of his 70th Birthday (1997), acquired from the symposium organizers in 1997.
  • MsC 265, consisting of an audio cassette of R. Kroetsch reading at the University of Calgary (recorded/acquired 1999).
  • Accessions 762/04.12 and 860/09.4 donated by Smaro Kamboureli in 2004 and 2009.
  • Accession 804/06.3, letters and other material relating to Robert Kroetsch, donated by his cousin, Lorne Kroetch, in 2006.

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Fonds consists of correspondence; manuscripts of poetry, novels, short stories, speeches, essays and reviews; notebooks; audio visual material; awards and honours; teaching materials; works on R. Kroetsch; published work; and works by others. MsC 42, the speech given by R. Kroetsch on the occasion of the presentation of the Robert Kroetsch papers to the University of Calgary, is an appendix to MsC 27.

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      Select sound recordings are available in digital form:
      Acc 591/96.6, Box 71
      Acc 775/04.25, Box 29
      MsC 27, Box 26, 27, 28
      MsC 265, Box 1

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      For additional archival material relating to Robert Kroetsch see George C. Gahan (Acc 628/98.4 and 647/99.4)).

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          Archivist's note

          Reaccessioned and intellectually rearranged. Combination spreadsheet created. October 2023 CLC

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